Category Archives: From the Mainstream

It’s always exciting when Cree language topics make the mainstream news. Here are some great examples.

Joi T Arcand, 2019: Àbadanoke | Continuous Fire | Feu continue

Thanks to Connie Berry of Ottawa for sharing photos from her recent visit to the National Gallery of Canada, where Muskeg Lake Cree artist Joi T Arcand was commissioned to create another of her large-scale syllabic installations. In this one, … Continue reading

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Look who’s watching: Hockey in Cree

nikotwâsik tipahikan ka-mâcipayik anôhc. Seven o’clock it starts today. Join Darryl Chamakese and his son “oskâpêwis” in cheering the resilience and resurgence of Cree as a 21st-century language as they watch his “nôhcâwîs” (little father or Uncle) Jason tonight on … Continue reading

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My Heart Fills with Happiness: 550,000 Books in Plains Cree distributed across Canada

My heart fills with happiness whenever I see the artwork of Governor General’s award-winning illustrator Julie Flett. It swells just a little more to count Julie among the friends of Literacy, Cree language revitalization, and the use of consistent standard … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Exoneration Ceremony, May 2019

Let’s honour him by remembering his name in Cree: pîhtokahânapiwiyin (literally,  “he who sits at the [buffalo] pound”). Deep respect and congratulations to everyone at Poundmaker Cree Nation who has helped make this happen by petitioning for the exoneration of … Continue reading

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PhD Thesis Abstract: Full Text (Solomon Ratt)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing the dissertation abstract – both in English and in Cree – for us to study here, and thanks to Aydin Torkabadi for the really thoughtful gesture of respect for First Languages.  Read the full … Continue reading

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Order of Canada 2018: Fred Sasakamoose, C.M.

From the 2016 Globe and Mail Profile: “He was barely out of his teens when he took faceoffs against Maurice Richard and played against Gordie Howe, Jean Béliveau and Tim Horton.” Congratulations to Fred – the very first Indigenous player in … Continue reading

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ahkamêyimo, Robert-Falcon Ouellette! Petitioning for Cree Language Support in the House of Commons

(First, here’s a link to the petition – that could really use your support!) https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1234 Robert-Falcon Oullette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, rose to address the House of Commons in Cree in May 2017 about the safety of Indigenous … Continue reading

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Beyond the Kinship System: About Family Relationships

Today while families are gathering for Thanksgiving (or at least, to share a good meal of turkey!) seems like a good time to share Doug Cuthand’s May 2016 piece about family ties. Published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix appeared under the … Continue reading

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“Feds Rushing to help save endangered Indigenous languages”

CBC News sure can write a great headline! Read more here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canada-indigenous-languages-legislation-1.4285633 It was a genuine pleasure for me to meet Arif Virani and his colleagues in Winnipeg last month for pre-engagement hearings on the new Indigenous Languages Act, … Continue reading

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Bruce Lee Schools the Kiyâm Gang #CreeSimonSays

And even CBC thinks its brilliant. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-montreal-lake-cree-language-bruce-lee-1.4284424 Join Simon’s Facebook Group (and prepare to be amazed): https://www.facebook.com/groups/380099328844547/ And have a look here at http://creeliteracy.org/category/creesimonsays/ where some of Simon’s greatest hits are archived.

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